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National Kidney Foundation and Nephroceuticals Partner to Promote Early Detection and Good Nutrition for Kidney Disease
Date:5/12/2009

NEW YORK, May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) announced today a new educational partnership with Nephroceuticals(TM) focusing on the importance of nutrition and early detection for kidney disease.

The partnership includes the development and distribution of print and online educational materials for both patients and professionals and support of the foundation's nationwide early detection initiative, the Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP).

"For those with chronic kidney disease, good nutrition and diet are critical components of the treatment plan," says Bryan Becker, MD, NKF President. "The recommended diet, including amounts of protein, calories and nutrients, changes depending on how much kidney function people have. Vitamins and minerals, which come from food, are essential for making energy, promoting growth and repairing tissues, but because the kidney diet limits some food groups, people with kidney disease may not be getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals they need. This 'Partners in Education' program with Nephroceuticals will enable us to more widely educate professionals and patients about the importance of good nutrition in kidney disease."

More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease and millions more are at risk, yet most are unaware they have it and unfamiliar with the risk factors or consequences, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Over the course of chronic kidney disease (CKD), the kidneys are less able to perform vital functions that help maintain overall health, including filtering wastes and excess fluids from the blood.

"The foundation's Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) targets those at risk--anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history, finds early kidney disease and educates participants on prevention and treatment," says Joseph Vassalotti, MD, Chief Me
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